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November 19, 2009 4:08:56 AM

I went to microcenter today checked out what they had and I'm thinking about buying this Friday or Saturday.
What do you guys think. This was the only motherboard they had for the i7 920 so I'd like a critical eye there. It only takes 12 gig and this probably wouldn't limit me until maybe 2-3 years out when the first wave of i9 processors get value priced.


CPU: i7- 920 $199.99
CPU COOLER: Thermalright ultra-120 extreme : $74.99
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?...

Mother Board: Asus P6T Mother Board: $167
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Memory: OCZTECH 6GB DDR3-1600 GOLDXTC KIT: $130
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GPU: HIS HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCIE2: : $199.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PSU: Corsair HX 1000w Modular: : $239
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CASE: NZXT TEMPEST AIRFLOW KING: : $99.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

So what do you guys think. I'm looking to pull the trigger fast and get win 7 Pro and install the 64 bit.


I was thinking about using this memory to save a few bucks but the Latency is a bit higher. $79.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Any thoughts suggestions. Do you guys think this is waste instead of an i5. I like the 920 with the socket so there is a much better cpu a couple years down the line. Is this a flawed over reach for the 920 now. The system will be used for HD Video Editor, some gaming, photoshop.

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November 19, 2009 4:24:32 AM

What about hdd? Its easy to take them for granted these days. Also, 1000w might not be necessary depending on what else you intend to put in your system. Its definitely not necessary with what you have listed. A solid 650w would be good with what you have listed even if you intend to upgrade your gpu at some point.

edit: Also, I wouldn't expect i9 to ever be "value priced." They are going to be creme-de-la-crop just like the extreme editons are today.
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November 19, 2009 6:34:19 AM

1000 wt. I sort of let the salesperson talk me up from a $150 750-850wt range into 1000. At most I'm looking at 2 crossfire 5K cards, liquid cooling and 5 disks. so far no 10,000 rpm disk.

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November 19, 2009 9:07:58 AM

1. chowmanga is correct...you dont need 1000W...way overkill...
2. It is better to shop around as you can find better deals - Faster HD 5770 @ ~$170 range available at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

So if you want to go Crossfire, then get the Corsair 650HX if you want modular or the Corsair 750TX/Corsair 650TX...

As for the RAM, I dont think it would matter much...Only in memory intensive apps, you can notice the performance difference between CAS 9 and CAS 8 RAM sets...And certainly for that price its a better buy...
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November 19, 2009 4:44:31 PM

GKAY, would video rendering and editted 15gig HD movie to a final format be the sort of memory intensive action you are talking about. If that long job is only going to complete a couple seconds faster it wouldn't make that much of an issue either way but if it would help in the way of minutes now double the price is looking sweet.... Its just hard to quantify what you said for my use.

thanks for judging the overkill factor. Most computer hardware is junk before you can blink but a PSU was something I was considering eventhough I a suspected over buy.
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November 19, 2009 4:49:28 PM

chowmanga, you don't don't think the i9 2+ years out will be snapped up for $200-300. I would think that would happen and be a knockout of a cheap upgrade to this aging system in 3 years. This was one of my chief reasons for going with the 1366. Otherwise I was leaning to go cheaper with the i7 860 or even i5.
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November 19, 2009 5:01:58 PM

waynegman said:
chowmanga, you don't don't think the i9 2+ years out will be snapped up for $200-300. I would think that would happen and be a knockout of a cheap upgrade to this aging system in 3 years. This was one of my chief reasons for going with the 1366. Otherwise I was leaning to go cheaper with the i7 860 or even i5.



I don't know. Intel prices their cpus based on brands. Right now i7 commands 200-300 and I'll expect it to stay there. I'd imagine that i9 will replace the price point currently held by the severely overpriced i7 950 and up. I really don't know though. I've heard rumors to expect i9 to debut at $1500 but its just a rumor. Nobody can be sure at this point. If i9 drops to $300, then intel will need 3 brands to sit below it (i3, i5, i7) and that could get messy.

Who knows, it could happen. I just wouldn't give my hopes up.
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November 19, 2009 5:38:06 PM

i9 to be $1500 :ouch: 
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November 19, 2009 5:45:42 PM

waynegman said:
GKAY, would video rendering and editted 15gig HD movie to a final format be the sort of memory intensive action you are talking about. If that long job is only going to complete a couple seconds faster it wouldn't make that much of an issue either way but if it would help in the way of minutes now double the price is looking sweet.... Its just hard to quantify what you said for my use.

thanks for judging the overkill factor. Most computer hardware is junk before you can blink but a PSU was something I was considering eventhough I a suspected over buy.


A SSD would vastly improve the time required to do video editing.

Are you overclocking? If not the stock cooler will suffice.

This power supply is still overkill, but leaves room for upgrades down the line.
Corsair 750w: $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 19, 2009 6:08:58 PM

I never really looked up ssd's before. Not knowing what an ssd was till I just figured out that it referred to a small "hard disk" like solid state device. Ok I assume if you get one you want it to be a spot where you move in all the HD video clips that you edit into the movie. A curious thought just hit me. would it be better to get one of these for as I mentioned above VS trying to over Clock for better performance. I'm thinking there is more speed to be gained in improving traditional disk io. I have a feeling my jaw is going to drop when I look these SSD's up on newegg.
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November 19, 2009 6:12:44 PM

corry, 750wt the system above with crossfire cards and 5 disks and a pump for water cooling......750 the right one......just a restatement to make sure you're answering what I'm ultimately thinking about doing......I assume there is nothing out there yet on power for the i9.
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November 19, 2009 6:13:48 PM

The demand for nand memory is high so prices are pretty steep atm. If you decide to get one I would recommend OCZ or Intel.

If you don't want to spend $75 on the ultra 120, you could get the hyper 212+, it performs and is good for a decent overclock for $30.
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November 20, 2009 3:48:38 AM

@waynegman The difference between a CAS 8 and CAS 9 RAM wouldnt have a big difference...If you were replacing a CAS 7 with CAS 9, then I would have suggested otherwise...
And the suggestion about the SSD is a good one...It would really serve good as a scratch disk...And get a 60GB one as the 30/40 GB would quickly run out of space...

And as for the PSU, cory is right...
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November 20, 2009 2:55:42 PM

Jack or anyone, I was looking over the cases again and reading how people are not digging the Antec 1200 from the standpoint of lots of screws for filter access and drive access but that they really didn't like the fact that the fans were not able to be plugged into the MoBo.

Is this a real issue or am I just blowing one little MoBo option out of proportion.

If you are OCing temps are obviously critical. when you plug a fan into the Mobo does this allow an audible alarm of sound or software with failed fans? Do all chip fans if they are on a liquid cooler or a simple air cooler have plug in to the MoBo options for control/monitor? Till now thought you have fans plugged into the mobo for more/less fan on demand depending on work/heat being done?

I'm just trying to figure out what considerations I have for fans and motherboards. I still have to check what in the way of fan support my listed motherboard provides.

Jack N, what about that MoBo is worth that upgrade increase. So far I'm looking at an openbox MoBo as listed in the post about $100 cheaper if I remember correctly.

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November 20, 2009 2:58:41 PM

jack, btw all the blue lights on that antec 1200. you don't have to have those on right? it seems cool now but maybe not so cool later. My first build in 10 years so I'm a light weight on some of these obvious little things.
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November 27, 2009 9:07:33 PM

1. The lites have an on-off switch

2. Yes, those were probably my posts you were reading :) 

3. The HSFs must be plugged into the MoBo as BIOS looks for signal from the fan before proceeding w/ startup. You'll get something tot he effect of "CPU Fan Error, Press F1 to resume".

4. Several ways to deal with the fan plugs:

a) converters ( 4pin to 3 pin)

b) If you are sleeving the wires, you are going to remove the ends anyway.

5. Open boxes mean someone else returned it for one reason or another....may not returnable to seller.



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